Afghan Women's Writing Project March 8 Event
International Women's Day is March 8, celebrating the economic, political and social global achievements of women past, present and future.
So on March 8, Hollywood Unites celebrates International Women's Day with Out of the Silence: Readings from The Afghan Women's Writing Project. The event features a theatrically staged program of powerful essays and poems written by emerging Afghan women writers, who often face estrangement, beatings, and even death for creatively expressing themselves through the written word. Reception starts at 6 pm at the Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, California.
Novelist Masha Hamilton (31 Hours, The Camel Bookmobile, The Distance Between Us) started the Afghan Women's Writing Project (AWWP) in 2009, in response to the plight of Afghan women and the repressive conditions that silence their voices and their stories. The Afghan Women’s Writing Project's aim is allowing Afghan women to have a direct voice in the world, not filtered through male relatives or members of the media.
AWWP has more than 50 women journalists, novelists, poets, memoirists and screenwriters mentoring and teaching Afghan women writers through secure, internet-based classrooms.
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